Motorycle run to honor fallen FHVAC member
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Sep 06, 2016 | 4702 views | 0 0 comments | 181 181 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Sunday, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host a citywide motorcycle run honoring former member Richard Allen Pearlman and others who lost their lives following the attacks of 9/11.

Pearlman, who volunteered with the ambulance corps for four years, died after rushing to assist police officers at the World Trade Center.

The 18-year-old Pearlman worked as an office clerk for a Queens attorney and had been sent to run an errand at 1 Police Plaza, where he showed his affiliation with the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps and went with police officers to site, where he ultimately became one of the youngest victims of the attacks.

Paul Marcel, a Howard Beach resident and nine-year volunteer with the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, knew Pearlman, his father Barry, and his mother Dorie, who remains active with the group.

With the 15th anniversary of the attacks approaching, Marcel organized the motorcycle run to do something special for Pearlman's parents.

Marcel is chapter president of the New York City Punishers L.E.M.C., a nonprofit law enforcement motorcycle club. Along with chapter vice president Kevin Mosiurchak and other members, Marcel has been organizing the ride since March.

There will be about 2,000 motorcyclists scheduled to take part in the run. For more information visit

For those who participate, there will be 411 special commemorative challenge coins available. The 411 coins represent the 343 FDNY, 23 NYPD, 37 PAPD and eight EMS members lost on September 11th.

Marcel and his team worked with Angela Gozzi, an event coordinator for Resorts World Casino, to use a majority of the venue’s parking lot for the event. Registration starts at 9 a.m. at Resorts World and the ride will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The motorcyclists will take Crossbay Boulevard to Woodhaven Boulevard, where they will enter the westbound LIE. They will exit at Van Dam Street and proceed to the Queensborough Bridge and onto FDR Drive on their way to the Freedom Tower and 9/11 memorial.

They will eventually make their way back to Queens and the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps building on Metropolitan Avenue, where a ceremony will begin around 5 p.m.

“There are many rides around the United States, and there are many rides locally around New York City, but there is not one ride that has been sanctioned by the New York Police Department on 9/11,” Marcel said.
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